Battle of skills at its best

Battle of skills at its best

'Manthan'

The three-day techno-cultural fest of Bangalore Institute of Technology (BIT), Manthan, gave a taste of the industry to the students as they handled all the aspects of the fest on their own.

From the budget to bringing in sponsors and inviting colleges for the fest, it was entirely managed by the students.

Around 173 colleges from the State participated in it and the fest had a combination of academic as well as cultural events. “The industry is laying a lot of emphasis on extra-curricular activities and we are making sure that all the students participating in the cultural programmes get a certificate which will be useful later. These kinds of events help in facing challenges and getting over their inhibitions,” said K R Suresh, the principal of the college.

He added that it is healthy for students who are bookworms and shy away from taking any responsibilities and mingling with classmates. The fest had an interesting theme, which was to showcase the culture of Bangalore in the best possible way. “Almost all our events had a part which was based on the City. The debates were based on the City and its issues and the quiz had a round, which was based entirely on the City too. We had other games like ‘Treasure Hunt’, in which we had divided the teams based on various localities in the City and ‘Wild Goose Chase’, which was again based on the City,” added Arathi Lakshman, a final-year student of the college. 

Group dance, solo dance, fashion show, quiz, debate and paper presentation were some of the events in which many students participated. However, the most awaited event of the three-day fest was the fashion show. Around six to seven colleges participated in the fashion show. “We made sure that there was no vulgarity on the stage and the participants had already been informed about the themes and the rules. Groups, which did not adhere to the rules of the fest, had been disqualified,” said one of the students.
 The fest also saw the introduction of a new game which was a mock IPL auction. “This was perhaps the first time that such a game was introduced. The rules of the game were very similar to that of a real auction. The only difference was that we did not have real players. It was a learning experience as it helped us in making practical decisions,” informed Nagraj, a third year student.

MSRIT and JSSIT won the first and the second place in fashion show, BMS College of Engineering won the first place in football while BIT won the second place. BMS College of Engineering won the first place in the contemporary dance while BIT won in the solo category. 

The students explained how such events prepared them for the industry. Avish Reddy, a final-year student, explained that managing the fest is like any other job. “We work days for it and start from the scratch. The college aids us in some ways, but otherwise it is we students who put the show. It is very helpful in the long run. In fact, students who have been in the organising committee of the fest, do get an edge during the placements,” he wrapped up. 

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